Wildcats head coach Richard Agar conceded it was highly unlikely that the Wildcats will make the play-offs but has called for his side to finish the season strongly.
Trinity went down to title challengers Warrington on Saturday afternoon in a scrappy affair that leaves Wakefield three points off the top eight with just three games left to play.
Although the likelihood of repeating last season’s journey into the play-offs is all but diminished, Agar says the group want to finish showing the competitiveness they have done throughout the campaign.
“We talked about the fine line that we’ve had this year. There’s been a number of games where we’ve had two-point margins or lost in the last five minutes and it could have been a different picture.
“I think it’s important for us that we don’t limp out. We’ve been a very united team, a very spirited team and we have a lot of pride in where we’ve come from and what we’ve achieved in the last two seasons.
“Regardless of the play-offs, we want to get into every game and finish strong with our heads held high. For us it’s about finishing strong and representing the badge with some pride over these last three or four weeks.”
The match itself saw Agar hand a Super League debut to Bobbie Goulding from the bench and a first Super League appearance of the year for Liam Kay, who marked his call-up with a 70 metre score.
Agar had no arguments over the final destination of the two points.
“It was quite a scruffy game, contributed to by both sides and maybe the way it was handled. We gave ourselves a shout and hung in there but the best team won. They had a little bit too much power and speed for us in the middle of the park.
“I was pleased with our effort and that’s probably been the story for us for the last three or four weeks. We were missing a few players and some of the younger players really had a good dig today. We had some inexperience out there and they’ll be much better for that experience.
“I thought we did well to hang in up to half-time. In the early parts of the game Warrington had all the pressure and we had very little attack. I was a bit disappointed with the validity of a couple of tries. I’ve looked on the video and I don’t think Brett Hodgson has got anywhere near grounding that ball and one of the passes late on looked marginal.
“For a team like us, battling as we are, we just couldn’t afford those types of calls to go against us today. I’m not saying that would have had any difference on any outcome of the final scoreline, I thought the best side won.”
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